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IOWA ATTORNEY GENERAL: Dairy pays $100,000 penalty for air-quality violations

By Press release submission | Nov 16, 2018

A Northeast Iowa cheesemaker has paid a $100,000 penalty and agreed to install $1.4 million in pollution-control measures after violating air quality limits for 12 years.

Iowa attorney general alleges Belle Plaine resident illegally burned items containing asbestos

By Marian Johns | Nov 13, 2018

DES MOINES — An Iowa resident faces a lawsuit by the state for the alleged illegal burning of items containing asbestos near a residential area, despite his request to burn being denied by county fire officials, the Iowa Attorney General's Office said.

U.S. accuses Swiss company of residential mortgage-backed securities fraud

By Marian Johns | Nov 12, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The federal government is suing a Swiss investment bank and financial services company https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UBS for alleged residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) fraud, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced.

Man lived in Kansas, so kick his asbestos claims out of NYC court, defendants say

By John O'Brien | Nov 8, 2018

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – Companies facing lawsuits in New York City’s controversial asbestos court are using U.S. Supreme Court decisions from recent years that prevented plaintiffs lawyers from suing in whatever court they felt like.

Want to know what opioid lawyers are up to in Texas? It costs thousands to find out

By Daniel Fisher | Sep 14, 2018

Some Texas counties are demanding tens of thousands of dollars to comply with open-records requests for documents detailing the time and expenses private attorneys have racked up so far representing them in opioid litigation.

Louisiana company who charged Iowa truckers for updating their USDOT information to issue refunds

By Marian Johns | Sep 7, 2018

DES MOINES, Iowa (Legal Newsline) – Owners of Iowa trucking companies will receive funds from a Louisiana company who charged truckers $99 to update their bi-annual information with the U.S. Department of Transportation, which can be done for free on a federal government website.

Iowa attorney general backs new polices to reduce adult smoking rate

By Marian Johns | Aug 10, 2018

DES MOINES — Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller has submitted a policy paper to the federal government and public health experts recommending new polices on e-cigarettes and a public information campaign that he says will drive the adult smoking rate below 10 percent over the next three years.

Iowa farm alleges Monsanto is monopolizing dicamba-tolerant seed market

By Bree Gonzales | Jul 16, 2018

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (Legal Newsline) – An Iowa farm alleges a biotech company has created a monopolized market of dicamba-tolerant seeds.

Iowa Supreme Court reverses ruling in property owners' case against animal feeding production operators

By Erianne Leatherman | Jul 11, 2018

DES MOINES, Iowa (Legal Newsline) – The Iowa Supreme Court has reversed a summary judgment in a case filed by property owners against animal feeding production operators they allege have damaged their property and quality of life.

Railroads avoid $6B Iowa class action over 2008 flood

By Erianne Leatherman | Jul 10, 2018

DES MOINES, Iowa (Legal Newsline) – The Iowa Supreme Court has upheld a district court ruling that prohibits a group of property owners from suing railways for damages related to a 2008 Iowa flood.

Illinois, Iowa attorneys general encourage FCC to fight Tribune, Sinclair merger

By Marian Johns | Jun 29, 2018

CHICAGO — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has filed a petition with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in an effort to stop the proposed merger of the Tribune Media Company and Sinclair Broadcasting Group Inc., which she alleges will limit consumer choice and diversity.

Iowa SC affirms public-duty doctrine bars county from liability in auto accident case; Dissent calls it 'confusing'

By Elizabeth Alt | Jun 26, 2018

DES MOINES (Legal Newsline) – The Iowa Supreme Court upheld a district court ruling that the public-duty doctrine barred Humboldt County from liability for the injuries a passenger suffered when a car crashed into a concrete embankment put up by the landowner.

Individuals claim Navient Solutions harassed them with calls over family member's loans

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jun 15, 2018

DES MOINES, Iowa (Legal Newsline) – Two Pennsylvania consumers allege a student loan servicer is unlawfully contacting them regarding a family member's loan.

Iowa attorney general secures $129,855 for consumers allegedly victimized by contractor

By Mark Iandolo | Jun 11, 2018

DES MOINES, Iowa (Legal Newsline) — Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller announced June 1 that Joshua Joseph Auten, owner of Over the Top Construction, will pay $129,855 and comply with several requirements after allegations of making misrepresentations to consumers in violation of the state’s Consumer Fraud Act.

Iowa attorney general condemns federal actions that could harm nursing home patients

By Mark Iandolo | Jun 11, 2018

DES MOINES, Iowa (Legal Newsline) — Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller announced May 31 he has joined a coalition of 16 attorneys general in condemning federal actions that they say will delay enforcement protections for beneficiaries of Medicare and Medicaid who receive care in skilled nursing facilities.

Worker alleges Swap.com failed to warn of mass layoff that affected nearly 200 employees

By Angelica Saylo Pilo | Jun 8, 2018

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – A Bolingbrook, Illinois company is alleged to have failed to warn nearly 200 employees in advance of a mass layoff.

John Deere wins case filed by fired manager; Iowa civil rights law can't extend to China

By Elizabeth Alt | May 30, 2018

DES MOINES, Iowa (Legal Newsline) – The Iowa Supreme Court stated that the Iowa Civil Rights Act cannot extend extraterritorially on May 18, granting summary judgment to Deere & Co. in a former manager’s lawsuit claiming civil rights violations under the Iowa Civil Rights Act after he was fired.

Skechers alleges Adidas made improper payments to athletes to use products

By Noddy A. Fernandez | May 18, 2018

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – A footwear company is seeking damages from Adidas over allegations it made "illicit' payments to athletes into wearing or endorsing their products.

Lawsuit: Prominent lawyer Watts bashed class actions to recruit farmers at 40% fee in GMO corn litigation

By Record News | May 3, 2018

MINNEAPOLIS (Legal Newsline) – Texas plaintiffs lawyer Mikal Watts is being accused by a colleague and farmers of shady behavior and criticizing the class action mechanism in massive litigation over genetically modified corn sold by Syngenta.

New leadership at the CFPB means state AGs will be more active in financial consumer protection

By Karen Kidd | Apr 10, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Some states will be even more active in financial consumer protection enforcement now that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's new director has made it clear the bureau will stay out of the way, an expert on state attorneys general said during a recent interview.

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